"Bistro 60" is located near the sea, on the borderline between al Ajami, the wealthiest – and religiously mixed – neighborhood in Jaffa prior to 1948 and the Maronite neighborhood. The Maronite community consisted of Christians from Lebanon. Upon immigrating to Palestine, some hundred and forty years ago, they chose to settle outside the limits of the Old City of Jaffa (where the Greek Orthodox Church reigned supreme), founded a church and built beautifully designed homes, representing the peak of Levant architecture. Following the 1948 War, the neighborhood became deserted and desolate. Only in the 1980's, with vanguard artists coming in, galleries, restaurants and bars opened up. By the 1990's, with new residents discovering the splendor of the houses, renovating them and building new ones, the neighborhood has become one of the most desired residential areas in the country. "You have the feeling of a lazy Greek village", say the inhabitants, "combined with the excitement of a metropolitan city".
"Bistro 60" commemorates the name of the main street leading south to the al Ajami neighborhood (and do not miss the Oscar nominated film, "al Ajami! As a bonus Bistro 60's chef, Hillal Kaboub, stars there, playing himsef), which is now called Kedem (South) Street. The bistro is located in a building that used to be a local pitta bakery. It was recently renovated by owner and host, Attorney Michael Zaccak. Son of a well-known veteran family of Jaffa, Michael wanted to turn the place into a meeting point of East and West. Michael, too, plays himself here: the Levant at its beautiful rich, tolerant, generous and open self.
"Bistro 60" has become home to a regular and loyal clientele: local residents, actors, filmmakers , journalists, artists, diplomats and peace mongers, lawyers, architects and realtors (deals are struck here on a daily basis on the most prized property in the country).
You are wholeheartedly invited to join us. Whilst enjoying our local delicacies, sit back, appreciate our authentic architecture, and feel the pulse of Jaffa. We hope you will talk with Michael, with Hilal, with the clientele. If there is any meaning to a "new Middle East", it is found here.